Ultraviolet radiation-induced derepression of the lactose operon of E. coli.
The effect of ultraviolet irradiation of a regulatory protein, the lac repressor, on its interactions with operator DNA is investigated by spectroscopic and electrophoresis methods. A second set of experiments is performed to assay the capacity of the system containing the irradiated repressor to be induced by IPTG. The protein-nucleic acid interactions are modified upon ultraviolet irradiation of the repressor. The inducer becomes ineffective and repressor stays "locked" to DNA in conditions in which the native repressor is released from the system. These facts are discussed in terms of genes repression and of promotion step in ultraviolet induced carcinogenesis.更多